College bursaries, lectures and prizes

Administrative charges for prize

  • Category A - where a Faculty, SiG or Division takes complete responsibility for a prize and the Department of Professional Standards is involved only in providing initial guidance on setting up a prize, no administrative charge need be included in the prize costings.
  • Category B - where the Department of Professional Standards is involved in additional administrative work, including the invitation of prizewinners to the Annual Meeting presentation ceremony, a charge of £200 will be made.
  • Category C - where the Department of Professional Standards provides ALL administrative services, including the above, in the administration of a College prize - this could include setting up examinations, finding examiners etc,the administrative charge will be £300.

If applicable, these costs should be included within the budget accompanying the prize proposal.

A proposal should be sent to the
Dean, c/o the Department of Professional Standards
Royal College of Psychiatrists
21 Prescot Street
London E1 8BB

This needs to include:

  • a full description of the prize
  • the target audience
  • the value
  • how often the prize will be awarded
  • justification for the establishment of such a prize
  • who would be able to apply
  • whether the proposal is for a College prize or a Faculty, SiG or Divisional prize
  • who would examine entries for the prize
  • a suggested closing date

Further information

An initial budget will need to be prepared. This should be done by working with Department of Professional Standards (who will consult the College's Finance Department and Treasurer, as necessary) - it may be necessary to include administrative charges.

This will be looked at by the Treasurer via the Finance Management Committee and, if necessary, by Council.

The final proposal is sent for consideration to the Education & Training Committee, whose remit is to make sure that the objectives of the prize are valid, educationally sound and that appropriately named.

Please note that we have decided prizes shouldn't be named after living persons. 

If the Education & Training Committee approves the prize, full details will be included in the Prizes Booklet, which is available on the College website.

Examiners for all College prizes must be approved by the Education & Training Committee. 

If a prize is created by a Faculty, SiG or Division, Examiners will need to be approved by the Faculty, SiG or Division concerned and reported to the Education & Training Committee for information.

A proposal must be sent to the Dean who will, if appropriate, refer the matter to the Education & Training Committee.

This needs to include:

  • a full description and purpose of the lecture
  • the target audience
  • details of funding (if appropriate)
  • how often the lecture would be given
  • justification for creating this lecture

A preliminary budget should be created by working with the Department of Professional Standards (who will consult the College's Finance Department and Treasurer, as necessary).

A copy of the proposal will be sent to the Finance Management Committee.

Following discussion at this Committee, a copy will be forwarded to the Programmes and Meetings Committee for consideration.

Details of the lecture will be sent to the Education, Training & Standards Committee.

If the Education raining and Standards Committee approves the setting up of the lecture, full details will be included in the Lectures Booklet which is available on the College website.

Please see the individual SiG,Devolved Nations, Faculties and Divisions pages.

The prize was set up in 1989 from funds donated in the memory of the late Dr Morris Markowe, Honorary Fellow, and Registrar of the Royal College of Psychiatrists from 1972-78.

We're delighted to announce that the 2019 winner, who receives £1,000, is Dr Joanne Younge for her article 'The Last Taboo - Let's Talk about Sex and Dementia'.

Dr Younge is an Associate Specialist in Old Age Psychiatry at the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

View Dr Younge's winning entry. (pdf)

Previous Morris Markowe prize winners:

The JSPN is now accepting applications for the 2020 JSPN Fellowship Award, which is presented to early-career psychiatrists from around the world.

The purpose of this award is to recognize early-career, outstanding psychiatrists and to encourage academic discussion and personal friendships with early-career Japanese psychiatrists at the 115th annual meeting of the JSPN from 18 to 20 June 2020, in Sendai, Japan.

As the UK Member of the World Psychiatric Association, the RCPsych can nominate 2 UK members for this Fellowship. To be considered, applicants must be a psychiatrist younger than 40 or with 10 years or less experience in psychiatry, not be a previous recipient of the JSPN Fellowship Award and be a member of the RCPsych based in the UK.

Those wishing to be considered for nomination by the RCPsych should submit their abstract and personal information form (see JSPN website for details) to Elen Cook by 3 October 2019.

The RCPsych International Advisory Committee will select the 2 RCPsych nominees for this Fellowship and will provide a signed nomination form to the successful applicants.

Our roll of honour is a list of all College Officers from 1971 and Prize, Fellowship, Award and Medal winners.

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